Darren Roy's primary passion and calling is to promote the 'priceless privilege' of knowing Christ Jesus the Lord. This doesn't mean simply knowing Christ intellectually or academically, but truly knowing Him in an experiential relationship; including hearing His voice, dwelling in His presence and following Him daily. Darren is an ordained minister with Servants of the Lord Ministries, whose commission is to find people with a heart after God and then to help them with practical teaching that works. In the UK, Darren is accredited by Churches in Communities International, an accountability body that promotes good-standing within the free-churches group. In his travels throughout the world, Darren has worked with believers across the denominational spectrum and continues to do so, aiming himself to be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. This has led to a discipleship network where saints are also equipped to serve.
Darren is married to Carol who he describes as his ‘number one encourager, best friend and intercessor’. He describes himself as being ‘called to the apostolic with a pastoral edge’. Currently this is outworked in serving as a pastor of an independent church and being ‘sent’ to promote the priceless privilege of knowing God. Some of the pastoral responsibilities include being a chaplain to the Police, Fire and Rescue services, and some of the apostolic responsibilities include laying spiritual foundations in the body of Christ. He also oversees a network of disciples from around the world who truly want to know God and serve in their calling. A short testimony from Darren is written below:
As a child I was raised as a church-going Methodist, attending the local Boys' Brigade and Wesleyan Sunday School. It was there that I gained an initial insight into the God of the Bible, although for me, Christianity then was more of a Sunday thing than a lifestyle. By God’s grace, in my early teens I was introduced to a living Christ through an Evangelical school friend. He would often talk about God, being saved and the possibility of a relationship which I hadn’t even considered before.
Sadly, I didn't make the most of this opportunity. When I left home and became old enough to make my own decisions I spent many years like the ‘prodigal son’. During this time I made many mistakes and resisted God’s call on my life. I always knew deep down that He wanted me to be in ministry but I’d fallen for the lie that God just wanted to restrict my life and make me miserable. I entertained the thought that God was against all the fun things in life. The prodigal years seemed like freedom initially but it didn't take long to become trapped in all the things that I hated as child; I became everything I said I never would never be.
I made many mistakes and went through many painful experiences as a consequence to my rebellion. Thankfully however, through a series of events I came to a place of brokenness, at which point, I cried out to God in sorrow. I had been the master of my own life for too long and there was overwhelming evidence to the foolishness of my immoral choices. Finally those rebellious years came to a God-ordained end when I begged to be one of God’s servants and He welcomed me home like a son. I received mercy beyond anything I expected or deserved, and in a split second God filled me with an overwhelming love that ignited a passion within me to know Jesus Christ in reality!
Being a recipient of God’s grace and having been given another chance the cry He placed in my heart was to really know Him. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite and pretend God was real so I prayed that He would show me how to actually know Him. I watched many people on Christian TV telling me they could hear God and proclaiming they knew Him but my frustration was that nobody was showing me how to know Him. I mean if God is really the living God then speaking to me couldn’t be too hard for Him, right? I later discovered that He was speaking all the time and the only hindrance to hearing was me!
It was during this time that I moved to a church nearly 200 miles away in response to God’s clear direction. I joined this church just at the right time - God’s time! The church had recently held a seminar on “Knowing God” and “Hearing His Voice”. This was an answer to the prayer of my heart and this is where I discovered the teaching of Pastor Joseph C. Hedgecock and Servants of the Lord Ministries (SOLM). It was the first time I had met a ministry that was not just saying they knew God but were showing people how to actually know Him. Joseph was passing on the keys he had discovered in the years that he had walked with God and his life demonstrated the fruit. His book entitled ‘My Sheep Hear My Voice’ became an invaluable gift for a baby Christian like me who just wanted to know my Father. The book isn’t an academic book but it’s clear, detailed, scriptural and instructional for those who want to have an exciting walk with God.
Later I had the privilege to train under the International Coordinator of SOLM, Dr Keith Jenkins, who oversaw my discipleship to make sure I was a ‘doer of the word’ with spiritual fruit in all circumstances. It was an honour to carry his bags around the world and see God provide in everyday situations as well as the more perilous. The training included plenty of trials and Jesus' commands to disciples became real - Matthew 16:24-25, Luke 14:33 and Romans 5:3-5 might give you some insight! I was ordained by Dr Keith in 2013 which meant he had watched my training develop and was confident that I ‘practiced what I preach’; being able to abide in Christ and hear His still small voice in various conditions.
I am still an assistant to Dr Keith who I remain regaularly accountable to, which is a blessing to literally remain on the 'straight and narrow'. His preaching style is said to be uncompromising and direct but I have always valued his personal input, as well as the personal time I had with the late Joseph Hedgecock. Soon after my ordination I was also assigned to oversee a church and take on the role of pastor and chaplain, which I continue today. In that role I also have a recognised ordination with an endorsing body called Churches in Communities International. Their founder, Dr Hugh Osgood, has been a great friend to our church and and a personal encourager to me too.
When it comes to which 'flavour' of Christianity I belong, I don’t feel I can just relate to any one particular group. My local church is in fellowship with an independent network which is clearly evangelical, but for me to be personally marked within a Christian brand just isn’t enough. I aspire to grow in the knowledge of Truth regardless of which denominational marker that crosses; indeed, Jesus IS the Truth! In simplest terms I’d describe myself as a follower of Christ and it’s His teaching I want to follow. My aim in life is to embrace the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and to progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him (Philippians 3:8 AMPC).
My wife and I serve to help others make the most of that privilege.